A KITCHENER MAN
DEATH OF COLONEL MARKER, Lord ICitcbeuoc lias lost another of his trusted comrades by the death on Noveinbrr 13, at Boulogne, from wounds received in action, of Colonel Raymond Joim Marker, who was his aide-de-camp in South Africa and India, and a personal secretary of no ordinary land. Raymond Marker's loss will sadden many in and out of tho service (says tho ‘ Morning Post'), for lie was a man of great character and of a most lovable nature. Nothing pleased him better than a rousing field day with tho Public Schools, and the last of the operations which lie attended was on the Pox Hills, when tho Schools Battalion, encamped by the side of Alitchctt Lake, opposed his Coldstream Guards, on the Surrey plateau overlooking Normandy. It was a fine charge that Winchester, Dulwich. King’s College School, and others made upon the Guardsmen’s lines, and Colonel Marker incidentally said that that was the way it would be done in the next war. He was right. Once a Guardsman always a Guardsman was true of Raymond Marker, whose regiment was everything to him. Ho was adjutant of one of the battalions when a subaltern, a captain and a, major in the Ist Battalion, and lieutenant-colonel of the 2nd. He devoted much of his leisure time in recent years to writing a history of the Coldstream Guards tor private circulation, and this book is a tine example of sound Jincs for such a work. He dealt admirably with the march of Alonck’s men south for the Restoration, and brought out all the historic 'points in the career of the "Second Guards.” He had much service on the personal staffs of famous men, beginning with Sir Joseph West Ridgeway, Governor and Commander-in-Chief of" Ceylon. From Colombo he went to Calcutta as aide-de-camp to Lord Ciirzon, the Viceroy of India, and from thence to South Africa, where ho joined the Stall’ of Lord Kitchener. _ Ho went to India with him when his chief was appointed to tho command there, but came home for a short spall as private secretary to Air Arnold-Forster at the War Office. The defeat of the Unionist Government at the polls in 1906 ended this employment, and lie returned to Lord Kitchener in India, and remained with him until the latter came homo in ISO 9. He then took up a Territorial appointment with the Kent, Surrey, and Middlesex troops, and a year ago was selected by Sir John French to succeed Colonel H. J. Du Cane as assistant quartermaster-general at Aldershot. He passed through the Staff College in 1904, but had previously qualified at the Cape for Staff employment by reason of service on the field. Ho did well against the Boers, being in a score of engagements from tho vet River to the rounding up of tho rebels in Capo Colony. Ho was always being brought tip the notice of the generals commanding, and as a result he ' got a brevet step and the D.iS.O.
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A KITCHENER MAN, Evening Star, Issue 15702, 16 January 1915